Sunday, November 23, 2014

First record of barn owls (Tyto alba) breeding in the wild in New Zealand

TitleFirst record of barn owls (Tyto alba) breeding in the wild in New Zealand
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHyde, NHS, Matthews, K, Thompson, M, Gale, R
JournalNotornis
Volume56
Issue4
Pagination169-175
Type of Articlearticle
Keywords1st breeding record, barn owl, diet, Kaitaia, Tyto alba
Abstract

A pair of barn owls (Tyto alba) was found breeding in Kaitaia farmland in Apr 2008, and observations on their nesting biology and behaviour were made over a period of 24 months. Another injured young barn owl, possibly from an earlier breeding attempt, was found with the pair at the time of their discovery, and brought into captivity. The nest tree was climbed and 2 dead owlets recovered, but the pair re-nested and 3 young successfully fledged. Pellets and prey remains were collected and their diet is described through pellet analysis. This is the 1st record of wild barn owls breeding in New Zealand.

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